Daily Mail and Reuters
The mother of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik was already terrified of her son when he was just four years old, it has emerged.
The Oslo trial of the 33-year-old killer of 77 heard how the “hyperactive and aggressive” boy was incapable of feeling joy or pleasure.
It was also revealed that he would laugh in his mother’s face when she tried to impose limits.
Wenche Breivik called in social workers who wanted to remove the disturbed boy and put him in a foster home to prevent further psychological disintegration.
She was still terrified 23 years later when, on moving back into her home in 2006, he would sit on top of her on the sofa and try to kiss her face.
In a statement to police read out to the court, Wenche said: “I felt like I was in prison with him.
“He was uncomfortably intense.
“He started saying I was a Marxist and a feminist. From 2010 he became really strange.”
Wenche also described how her “kind and caring” son transformed into an out-of-control obsessive who wore a face mask and talked of a war against Muslims, a psychiatrist told the court yesterday.
Psychiatrist Torgeir Husby read out quotes from an interview he did with Wenche – the first time her words had been heard during Breivik’s trial.
“I thought that he was turning completely crazy, I thought there must be something wrong with his head,” read Husby as Breivik looked on.
The court had earlier heard that Breivik had behavioural problems as a child, and a psychiatrist had recommended that he be removed from his family at the age of four.
He was kept under observation at home and Wenche told Husby that her son soon got over his early problems.
“He was a good student (before high school), had friends… He was so kind, always thought of me and helped with everything possible. He was outstanding… He was incredibly kind and caring,” Husby read out.
Things started deteriorating when Breivik moved back in with his mother in 2006 after some business ventures failed, said Wenche, who refused to appear at the hearing. “We had had so much fun together, then it became just politics. He would speak of an impending civil war.
“He spoke loudly and intensely even as I tried to avoid those topics,” she said.
Breivik started going to the gym, playing computer games in his room and became paranoid about cleanliness. The transcript did not include any explanation on what had caused the transformation.
“He accused me of being in contact with too many people who could infect us. He ate food in his room, then put the dishes by the door. He walked with his hands over his face and for a while he used a face mask.
“One time he kissed me on the cheek but it was so violent and it bothered me.”
Breivik smiled frequently during yesterday’s court proceedings and often turned his head, a change from his usual calm and composed demeanour.
Breivik, who first detonated a car bomb outside government headquarters killing eight, then gunned down 69 people at the ruling Labour Party’s summer camp on Utoya Island, said the massacre was necessary to stop a looming civil war as Muslims took over Norway.
He said he targeted the Labour Party because it supported immigration and the children, most of whom he shot in the head from close range, were political activists.
The court is considering whether Breivik is sane and should be sent to prison or insane and sent to a mental institution.
Husby and another psychologist, Synne Soerheim, concluded that he was psychotic while a second group of experts came to an opposing conclusion, leaving the five judges to decide.
A week before the attacks, Breivik told his mother that he felt ugly and wanted to have a facelift.
During a day of evidence from the pair of psychiatrists who last November said Breivik was insane, the court also heard how the mass murderer had a string of girlfriends until he reached 22.
But since then he had not had sexual contact with either men or women, they said.
“Since being ordained as a knight my body has a temple,” Breivik told the psychiatrists.
There were signs of the fatal madness which would see him slay 77 in July last year when at just two years old he moved to Norway from London.
It was where he lived with his diplomat father and became violent and jealous of his older sister. Child psychiatrists observed that he felt uncomfortable with contact, and would use techniques to avoid having to touch others.
Husby also described how Breivik’s mind wandered manically in the hours after his arrest.
He first told police that his heart was bleeding for his teenage victims, then bragged that his bulletproof vest was better than theirs.
The trial continues.